Creativity: to increase it, blink

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Robert Maurer

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You are aware of how many times you blink
eyes every day? Do you do it all the time or rarely? A study
scientific research carried out recently by the University of Leiden, states that the
amount of times we blink is closely related to
our creativeness.

The idea itself is a little strange but before
think badly let's take a look at the experiment. The 117 participants in the trial had electrodes in place
near the eyes that monitored the movements of the eyelids. To distinguish
if the person had a divergent or creative thought he presented himself to this one
task in which he would have to seek alternative employment for a
certain object. For example, he wondered what could be done with one
pencil. The more ideas came to the participants, the more creative they were. In a first analysis it was possible to appreciate that much
those people who often blinked as often as they did
less, they offered fewer creative options. In conclusion, the most creative were
those who blinked an intermediate number of times. Later, the participants were presented with a new one
a task that would have forced them to put convergent thinking into practice.
In this case they had to match words, for example: hammer and nails. In
in this case, those who blinked less were quicker and got the best
results. Thus it was established that to empower thinking
convergent it is better to blink a little but if we wish to be more
creatives we should do it more. But… where does this relationship between creativity and
the number of times you blink? Does it have a scientific basis or yes
is it just a spurious correlation? Researchers claim that the number of times it does
blinking directly depends on the dopamine produced by ours
brain (a substance that in the past had already been related to the
creativity). Interestingly, dopamine also plays a role in
improve the mood, for this reason it is recommended to all who
they want to be more creative than trying to be in a good mood and laughing
often. It must be said, however, that it has not proven itself in any
so that consciously increasing or decreasing the movement of the eyelids can
have effects on creativity and convergent thinking. But maybe you just have to
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